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Private School Correspondents Forum charge CEO offices

SALEM: The Salem-based Private School Correspondents Forum has called the government's fee structure for private schools as ‘arbitrary' since it has been fixed without understanding the complex nature of the financial aspects of a school.

Saying that the questionnaire given to the schools asking for the expenses' details by respective offices of Chief Educational Officer during December2009, for the last three years since 2007, do not reflect “all the expenses while running a private school”, the Forum had charged the CEO offices for not taking the details of fees proposed for the year 2010-11 by school managements.

“The fee structure will not cover all the expenses such as salary increase, cost of additional investments on facilities and buildings to get accreditation,” the members of the Forum, who met here on Saturday, pointed out.

Regulation

Saying that fees cannot be kept constant for next three years against the escalating cost factors, the Forum members further claimed that the existing fee structure itself was low due to stiff competition following the mushrooming of small schools. “There is no proper regulation in starting a school here,” Secretary S. Madhavaraj said.

They insisted on the government to make the accreditation by National Body mandatory. The fee structure also could be fixed as per the norms of accredited schools. The established and recognized schools could be given time to match the standard of accredited schools in all aspects, the Forum members pointed out.

Proper system

The private school managements, they said, were not against the fee regularisation but insisted that a proper system and involvement of management while fixing the same was essential instead of projecting the private schools as only profit making institutions. Hence taking partial details from the questionnaires would not be acceptable, the Forum members pointed out.

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